Emergency Response & Recovery

Emergencies are managed first at the local level. However, if the situation escalates, the provincial emergency management structure is activated. Following the response phase of an emergency, the Government of British Columbia will then work to support communities on their road to recovery.


Emergency Response

During an emergency in B.C. a lot of activities take place at the provincial government level. Information here is for the general public, communities and businesses dealing with an emergency in their area.

Emergency Evacuee Guidance

In all emergencies, evacuees are under a great deal of stress. Providing services to all people in a respectful, caring, and culturally safe environment is key to a successful recovery. The Emergency Evacuee Guidance page has details about what to expect during an evacuation.

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

If you're forced from your home by fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies you may receive Emergency Support Services for up to 72 hours. Services can include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the crisis and family reunification support. 

British Columbia Emergency Management System (BCEMS)

The British Columbia Emergency Management System is recognized as a standard system for emergency response and is currently mandated for use within the Government of B.C. It is also recommended to local authorities.


Emergency Recovery

Resources here will help the public, communities and businesses as they transition from emergency response to recovery.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) Program

Following a disaster, the Government of B.C. may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance. Once declared, the DFA program may compensate individuals for essential uninsurable losses and may reimburse local governments for damaged infrastructure.

Contact your local authority if you have been impacted by a disaster or emergency event. You can also consult the current list of events eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance within B.C.

Emergency Recovery Resources & Programs

The Government of B.C. has taken a number of actions to develop and put in place emergency recovery resources & program to support immediate needs. Recovery supports and programs are available to citizens, businesses, First Nations and communities impacted by an emergency, depending on their individual circumstances.